Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce reacts to Joelinton

Kevin Phillips claims it will be “interesting” if Newcastle United can fend off widespread competition to sign Celtic sensation Odsonne Edouard.

The former England international, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted in the current market the £30million figured touted for the French striker’s signature is ‘nothing’.

Football Insider pundit Alex Bruce, the recently-retired Kilmarnock defender, has revealed he’s raved about Edouard to his father Steve and the player is a firm summer target.

There is hope for the striker’s suitors as Edouard is prepared to stall on signing a new contract at Parkhead.

When asked if Mike Ashley would fork out £30million on a new striker having just splashed out on Joelinton, Phillips told Football Insider: “I do not think they will be looking to sell him. They will certainly utilise him next season but I am not sure he will be their main striker. Joelinton has been very disappointing but players often struggle in the first season.

“Every Premier League club want two or three quality strikers. They have got Dwight Gayle but whether they see him as number one I am not sure.

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“It is an area they will be looking at and it will be interesting if they can get this lad from Celtic. There will likely be clubs higher than Newcastle in the Premier League that also want him. £30million nowadays is nothing.”

Joelinton has failed to match expectations since his £40million move from Hoffenheim last July, scoring only three goals in 34 appearances.

By comparison, Edouard has scored 27 in 45 appearances for The Hoops this season.

In other Newcastle United news, Noel Whelan has told Football Insider Steve Bruce will look to sign England international and build defence around him.